Opatija – Pearl of the Adriatic
Opatija was included in the territory of the Liburni, a pre-Roman Illyrian tribe. In Roman times, the area was home to several patrician villas connected to the nearby town of Castrum Laureana, the modern Lovran.
A good climate, luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation and a favourable geographic location contributed to the rapid development of tourism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since that time, Lovran, together with Opatija, has been the most important locality on the famed Riviera. Several villas designed by the celebrated Viennese architect Carl Seidel dating from that period are part of the world architectural heritage.
The town’s modern history began in 1844, when Iginio Scarpa, a wealthy merchant from Rijeka, had the Villa Angiolina manor built in an extended park, which played host to many famous historical figures, such as Emperor Franz Joseph and the German emperor Wilhelm II. Other crowned heads seeking relaxation included Empress Elisabeth of Austria and the German empress Augusta Victoria, King Carol I of Romania and his consort Elisabeth, King George I of Greece, King Albert of Saxony and Grand Duke William IV of Luxembourg.
More recently, our meeting venue, Remisens Hotel Excelsior (4*) Lovran has hosted some less royal but nevertheless famous guests such as actors Jane Seymour and Pierce Brosnan.
Opatija is located 18 km (11 mi) southwest of the regional capital Rijeka. There are four international airports within a 70 km radius: Rijeka, Pula, Ljubljana and Trieste. It is also easily reached by a 2 hour drive from Zagreb, another international airport. The city is geographically on the Istrian peninsula, though not in Istria County. There are plenty of magnificent historical and holiday spots to explore in its immediate surroundings.
The well-tended parks and enchanting promenades make every walk in Opatija a special experience. One can enjoy the exceptional beauty of the town’s parks and benefit from the relaxing atmosphere close to the sea. Or take a walk right by the sea along the famous Lungomare coastal promenade.
Surrounded by a tree-filled park on the Opatija Riviera, Hotel Excelsior (4*) Lovran is situated right on the Adriatic Sea and it is an ideal spot for holidays and relaxation.
The four-star hotel offers spacious rooms and amenities designed to fill your days with fun. Indulge yourself in the SPA center and its massage rooms. Spend your day at one of the swimming pools or beach – Adriatic sea still warm enough for swimming in September. The easy access to the coastal promenade Lungomare calls for a walk any time of the day.
(click on the image for more images of the venue, it’s surrounds and a map)
Participants will receive a more detailed Hospitality Kit
LOVRAN, a little coastal township is part of Opatija Riviera and is just 30 minutes by bus from RIJEKA center. There are also direct transfers from Rijeka airport to Lovran (35km). More information and booking on the link below:
Transfers from Rijeka airport to Lovran: https://www.transfer.si/hr/airtransfer/aerodrom-rijeka-rjk/lovran.html
Transfer from Zagreb Airport to Lovran:https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Zagreb-Airport-ZAG/Lovran
PARKING is available at the venue in a hotel garage for € 13 per day. Otherwise, there is free all day public parking on the street around the venue.
RIJEKA is the closest airport from LOVRAN, & the ISCA Gathering venue Hotel Excelsior. PULA airport is 60 km away.
There are also other airports within reach, but it would be more difficult and time consuming to reach Lovran via them. After RIJEKA and PULA, ZAGREB airport is probably your best option.
Nearest airports from Opatija
|Rijeka Airport (RJK)||35 Km|
|Pula Airport (PUY)||60 Km|
|Trieste Airport (TRS)||85 Km|
|Ljubljana Airport (LJU)||97 Km|
|Zagreb Airport (ZAG)||143 Km|
|Venice – Marco Polo Airport (VCE)||155 Km|
|Zadar Airport (ZAD)||161 Km|
Nearest train stations from Lovran
Trieste Centrale 87 Km
Nearest ports from Opatija
|Port of Venice – Cruise Terminal||157.55 Km|
Arriving on the Sep 13th and departing on Sept 18th allows you to attend all four days of the Gathering, but you might decide to make a use of your visit to Croatia and spend a week of vacations before/after ISCA gathering. September is an ideal time for a visit, the weather conditions usually still ideal for lovely days of beach but as weather conditions have significantly changed in last decades, anything is possible.
However, even if the weather is not welcoming for the beach, nearby magical peninsula of ISTRIA is an amazing area to explore. Croatia’s best white wines are coming from this region and there are hundreds of olive oil producers as well as cheese makers. Istria is the second region in Europe rich in white truffle, used for gastronomic delicatessen used in most refine kitchens of the world.
There are many angles to Istria but predominantly we can introduce them as Blue Istria https://www.tasteistria.com/destinations/blue-istria or Green Istria https://www.tasteistria.com/destinations/green-istria, both equally fascinating. You may immerse yourself to the bygone times when many of its Roman villages were established and feel the atmosphere of ancient times.
Regarding accommodation, there are plenty of private options of highest standard, as well as plenty of hotels and hostels. REMEMBER, it is the END of the summer season, therefore prices should be rather decreasing than increasing.
There is a FACEBOOK GROUP “ISCA GATHERING 2018”, specially created to assist participants with travel and accommodation arrangements.
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